According to The Economist magazine, in America you are four times more likely to be murdered than if you live in the United Kingdom, six times more likely than in Germany and 13 times more than in Japan. Two-thirds of all murders here involve guns. In Britain that figure is under 10 percent.
And the National Rifle Association’s answer to this problem? More guns, armed teachers and guards in schools now according to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.
OK, so I am a teacher doing my job in the classroom and a shooter enters. I try to find the key to the gun cabinet – in a school the guns would have to be under lock and key – then I try to unlock the cabinet. In the meantime the shooter does what? Politely waits for me? Or do I have to wear the gun around my waist? Was there not an armed guards at Columbine High School?
The NRA’s response to our gun problem is totally irrational, always with the motive to protect our freedom. Freedom? How free are we when we have to fear being shot in parks, in schools, in movie theaters and other places?
The only answer to this problem is a license like our driver’s license for people who want to own guns, with strictly enforced background checks. In the meantime, brace yourself for the next slaughter by some unstable person armed with a high-powered gun.